Arizona official: I was forced to certify Katie Hobbs’ election

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

As Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake challenges Maricopa County’s certification of the 2022 election in court, the chairman of another county is declaring he voted to certify under duress.

“I found out today that I have no choice but to vote ‘Aye’ or I will be arrested and charged with a felony,” said Ron Gould, chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

Lake’s opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is overseeing the election, has threatened felony charges for officials who don’t certify the election.

Hobbs is suing Cochise County, which refused to certify by the Monday deadline.

Lake’s lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials states her desire “that every lawful vote be properly counted and every voter who was eligible to vote be allowed to vote.”

On Monday, as WND reported, following the passionate testimony of poll workers and voters, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify their election canvass.

Lake, who lost to Katie Hobbs by less than 18,000 votes according to the official count, has charged voting tabulator and printing malfunctions suppressed the vote on Election Day when most of her supporters planned to cast their ballots.

During the public testimony, a poll observer said that at 7 p.m. on Election Day, when the polls closed, there were 675 people waiting in line at his voting location. Only 150 of those people ended up voting, he said. Another poll observer testified that a vote tabulating machine that was found not to be working the night before the election during a test run, nevertheless, was used the next day. Another poll worker described “complete chaos” as machines broke down and angry voters said they had to get back to work, concluding it amounted to “voter suppression.”

At the end of the meeting, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer insisted no voter was disenfranchised. Board Chairman Bill Gates acknowledged “this was not a perfect election” but contended the count was accurate.

Late Monday afternoon, Lake posted a video update in which she thanked the citizens who spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Thank you, and God bless each of you,” she said. “I am with you.”

Lake said she is working with “a team of patriotic, talented lawyers” on a legal challenge to the election result.

“Arizona, America, if we do not stand up and speak up right now about the most dishonest elections in the history of Arizona, I truly fear for our future,” she said.

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